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Campus People – September 1, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Ray Purdom – Dr. Joan E. Paluzzi – Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou – Dr. James Benshoff – Staff Stars

Dr. Ray Purdom and his staff at the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) won a 2010 MERLOT Faculty Development Classic award for their web-based workshops on effective online teaching. TLC’s project, Brief Hybrid Workshops on Teaching Well Online (http://www.uncg.edu/tlc/hybrid/index.html) was designed as a convenient professional development resource for online faculty. It consists of 14 modules covering topics such as learner engagement, teaching critical skills, assessment and discussion. A peer reviewer from the MERLOT Faculty Development Editorial Board writes that “you will discover in each Brief Hybrid Workshop package of materials a complete faculty development modulette in a nutshell that is well-developed but sharply focused, portable, and requires 15 minutes or less to complete.” Purdom accepted the award July 21 at the 2010 Emerging Technologies Symposium in San Jose, Calif.

090110CampusPeople_PaluzziDr. Joan E. Paluzzi, a medical anthropologist (Anthropology), was an invited speaker at the 2010 National TB Conference: “Innovate to Accelerate: On the Move to Eliminate TB” held in June at the CDC in Atlanta. Her presentation, titled “The Causes of the Causes: Socio-economic determinants and lessons learned from history,” was a part of a plenary session on the social determinants of tuberculosis .

Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou has been named co-director of UNCG’s Center for Research Excellence in Bioactive Food Components. Dr. Wei Jia is the other co-director of the center based in Kannapolis at the North Carolina Research Campus. Zhou, whose appointment includes a faculty position in the Department of Nutrition, joins the center from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he was a tenured associate professor. Zhou’s research interest is fatty liver disease, which can be caused by excessive alcohol consumption. An increasingly common problem in the U.S., the disease can lead to liver failure and is considered a risk factor for liver carcinoma. He focuses on the role of interactions among the gut, liver and fatty tissue in the development of the disease, and hopes to develop novel therapeutic strategies involving bioactive food components. Zhou has written or co-written almost 90 journal articles and five book chapters, and made four dozen presentations at academic conferences. Before starting work at the University of Louisville in 1998, he was a faculty member at the Beijing Agricultural University College of Veterinary Medicine. He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences and veterinary medicine at Hebei Agricultural University in Baoding, China; a master’s degree in veterinary histology at Beijing Agricultural University; and a doctorate in nutritional physiology at Ehime University in Matsuyama, Japan.

090110CampusPeople_BenshoffDr. James Benshoff (Counseling and Educational Development) was a keynote presenter (on counselor credentialing) at August’s APECA (Association of Psychological and Educational Counselors of Asia) Biennial Conference held in Penang, Malaysia, and at the Conference of the Botswana Counseling Association (on counseling supervision) held in Gaborone, Botswana.

Thirty-two staff members have been surprised since March with Staff Star recognition, by the Staff Senate Employee Recognition Committee. They are Libby Sexton, Registrar’s Office; Maggie Coleman, Facility Services; Cat Collins, The Graduate School; Angie Moore, The Graduate School; Brian Fitzgerald, Systems and Procedures; John Pearce, Facility Services; John Comer, Athletics; Brenda Neal, Registrar’s Office; Anthony Gregory, POCAM; David Rogers, Residence Life; Amanda Hughes, Music; Janet Elmore, Facilities Operations; Gail Peeples, Facilities Operations; Ed Keller, Housing and Residence Life; Tomi Register, Education; Al Briscoe, College of Arts and Sciences; Michelle Stanley, Student Health Services; Jennifer Lester, The Graduate School; Rachel Agner, HES Dean’s Office; Cynthia Louis, Facilities Operations; George Rivera, Facilities Operations; Robert Reid, Facilities Operations; Raymond Montgomery, Facilities Operations; Melvalyn Pate, MIHC; Serena Raleigh, Facilities; Cameron Wilkin, Student Affairs; Kevin McClain, Student Affairs; Jeffrey Collis, Registrar’s Office; Angela White, Student Health Services; Jessie Humes, Student Health Services; Morehead Delight, Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Kevin Bullard, ITS. Read more and see photos here.